We are gathered on the land of the Kalapuya, who today are represented by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, whose relationship with this land continues to this day. We offer gratitude for the land itself, for those who have stewarded it for generations, and for the opportunity to study, learn, work, and be in community on this land. We acknowledge that our University’s history, like many others, is fundamentally tied to the first colonial developments in the Willamette Valley. Finally, we respectfully acknowledge and honor past, present, and future Indigenous students of Willamette.

Protocol of the Land Acknowledgement

With a genuine desire for collective healing, understanding, and partnership Willamette University offers this Land Acknowledgement to respectfully recognize the land and its Indigenous people. The Acknowledgement recognizes that lasting progress begins and continues with a growing understanding of harms and works to challenge the legacies of colonialism in order to move forward in the true spirit of community. 

To implement the Land Acknowledgement is to respect those whose relationship to the land precedes ours and to collectively engage in fundamental measures that advance justice for the Indigenous peoples of the region, past, present, and future.


The Land Acknowledgement may be used by anyone wishing to share it at the start of their event and will be shared at the university's signature events including commencement, convocation, or university-wide lectures.

In making the acknowledgment, please do or remember the following:

  1. A Land Acknowledgement is a respectful public recognition of the Indigenous history of the land.
  1. A Land Acknowledgement is given by the host or facilitator of an event or gathering unless a specific person has been requested to share the Acknowledgement. Do not assume that this is always the role of Indigenous folks present.
  1. The Land Acknowledgment is given regardless of whether Indigenous individuals are present or not.
  1. Practice saying the names so that they flow effortlessly and ask for help with any pronunciation concerns.

If a representative from the tribes has been asked to offer “welcome to the land” remarks for an event, the host or facilitator is still welcome to offer the Land Acknowledgement, but it is not necessary.

Willamette University

Native American Programs

Eaton Hall, 1st floor, office 107
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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